Day in history for April 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Officers of Rock Island County are John M. Gould, John Kistler and George Holmes, county judges; A.F. Swander, sheriff; R.W. Smith, deputy clerk; Amos Stillman, surveyor; R.T. Shaw, assessor and treasurer; J.W. Churchill, school commissioner; Frazer Wilson, circuit clerk.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Work has started on John Bengston's new building at Market Square and 2nd Avenue. The grand edifice planned will be an architectural ornament to Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
At a game of basketball, the referee prefaced the contest with a speech and a long prayer, after which he gave one team the worst of the calls, so much so that the game broke up in a fight. The score at the time was 30 to 30.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Bar Association opposes an Illinois bill to permit women to serve on juries.

1954 -- 50 years ago
William Hancks, 32, of 1838 8th St., Rock Island, is reported in fairly good condition today at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was injured in a tumble through a skylight in fighting the loop blaze early yesterday morning.

1979 -- 25 years ago
East Moline Mayor Dennis Jacobs visited with EPA officials in Springfield. Jacobs is trying to get state approval for a 120-acre piece of land adjacent to the city's 45 acre landfill to be used as the city's next landfill.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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